Safety near electric lines

May is National Electrical Safety Month and the perfect opportunity to revisit important information that could save your life if you encounter a downed or exposed electrical line.

Electricity seeks the path of least resistance. Touching a downed or exposed line can make you part of a circuit in which electricity travels through your body — including your heart — to reach the ground.

Protective devices throughout our system de-energize a line when a tree or other hazard is detected. However, CORE linemen and field personnel stress that “if it isn’t grounded, it isn’t dead.” Even if you think a downed or exposed line is dead, treat it as though it is still energized with the 7,200 volts at which most of our primary lines operate. Stay at least 100 feet away, and call CORE immediately at (800) 332-9540.